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In February 2021, Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand published AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2021, a joint Australian/New Zealand standard specifying the maximum acceptable levels and methods of sampling, extraction and determination for the migration of eight elements from toy materials and from parts of toys.

The AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2021 standard on the migration of certain elements has been published. It supersedes AS/NZS 8124.3:2012 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2012 Amd 1:2016.

The new standard is identical to ISO 8124-3:2020 and contains several major changes when compared to AS/NZS 8124.3:2012 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2012 Amd 1:2016. It:

  1. Separating the definitions for paper and paperboard:
    • Paper means sheet formed by irregular intervened cellulose fibers with a mass per unit area of 400 g/m² or less. Laminated paper or paper with other treatments that may be resistant to wetting are not treated as paper
    • Paperboard, which includes card or cardboard materials, means sheet formed by irregular intervened cellulose fibers with a mass per unit area of more than 400 g/m², excluding pressed fiberboards such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), chipboard and materials with similar properties
  2. Provides a completely new definition for method blank, calibration blank, instrument detection limit and calibration check solution
  3. Allows dewaxing to be carried out using either soxhlet extractor or solvent extractor, with both procedures according to ISO 824-6:2018
  4. Introduces completely new Annex C (informative) on methods for analysis of elements (former Annex C has been re-designated as Annex D with modifications in the new standard)

Highlights of the migration values for the eight elements in AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2021 are summarized as: 

AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2021 (ISO 8124-3:2020, IDT) ‘MIGRATION OF CERTAIN ELEMENTS’
Toy Material Element (mg/kg)
Sb  As Ba Cd Cr Pb Hg Se
Toy material other than modeling clay and finger paint 60 25 1,000 75 60 90 60 500
Modeling clay 60 25 250 50 25 90 25 500
Finger paint 10 10 350 15 25 25 10 50
 

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